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NanoSIMS may solve lunar fire fountain mystery

1 September 2015 | News

Photomicrograph of the melt inclusions

Tiny beads of volcanic glass found on the lunar surface during the Apollo missions are a sign that fire fountain eruptions took place on the Moon’s surface. Now, using secondary ion mass spectrometry, scientists from Brown University and the Carnegie Institution for Science have identified the volatile gas that drove those eruptions.

Molecular imaging by mass spectrometry: application to forensics

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After an introduction to MALDI, DESI and SIMS, the authors describe their main applications in forensics, as well as the advantages provided in terms of sample preparation over approaches routinely used in toxicological laboratories.

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